Senate President, Speaker visits Buhari; As White House confirms phone conversation with Trump

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, visit President Buhari in London; Lagos to attain steady electricity by 2022; White House confirms Trump’s conversation with Buhari and much more.

1. Saraki, Dogara visit Buhari in London

Senate President Bukola Saraki on Wednesday led a four-member delegation of National Assembly members to see President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Speaker Yakubu Dogara, his deputy, Yusuf Lasun, and Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, met the president who travelled to the UK for a 10-day vacation on January 19, but later extended the trip indefinitely.

2. Lagos to attain 24-hour power supply by 2022

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, says there are plans by the state to attain 24-hour power supply through the generation of 3000 megawatts of electricity by 2022.

Mr. Ambode said the target of the state government is to generate up to 3,000 MW of power through accelerated deployment of various embedded power plants in strategic locations in the state within three to five years.

3. Oshoala joins Chinese side

Super Falcons forward, Asisat Oshoala, has left Women’s Super League One club, Arsenal Ladies, in England to join Chinese side, Dalian Quanjian.

The 22-year-old won the BBC’s Women’s Footballer of the Year Award in 2015 before joining Arsenal from Liverpool.

4. Nigeria’s inflation rate increases, hits 18.72 per cent

From 18.55 per cent in December 2016, Nigeria’s inflation rate increased to 18.72 per cent in January 2017, the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, has said.

According to the Bureau, the Consumer Price Index, CPI, which measures inflation, increased by 18.72 per cent (year-on-year) in January 2017, 0.17 percentage points higher from the rate recorded in December.

5. White House confirms Trump’s conversation with Buhari

The White House confirmed that Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari spoke to President Donald Trump from London on Monday.

Some Nigerians expressed doubts about the conversation especially as the president has not spoken directly to Nigerians since he left the country on January 19.

6. Dangote’s rice project in Sokoto

The Chairman, Dangote Group of Companies, Aliko Dangote, says 15,000 farmers would benefit from the first phase of his rice growing and processing project located in Goronyo town in Sokoto State.

Mr. Dangote also told journalists that his company was in the state to embark on a major transformation of agriculture sector starting with rice and sugar.

7. Arik Airline

The Managing Director of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Ahmed Kuru, said the corporation took over Arik because the airline was owing it N146 billion.

Mr. Kuru said the N146 billion owed the corporation was part of a total of N352.5 billion debt profile of the airline.

8. Angry neighbours mock ex-NNPC boss Yakubu

Residents of Zaria Road, Sabon Tasha, a poor suburb of Kaduna, have no sympathy for their neighbour from whose house the staggering sum of $9.7million and 74,000 pounds was recovered last week.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, last Friday announced it recovered the money (about N3 billion in total) from a house in Sabon Tasha belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Andrew Yakubu.

“His boys will tell me come today, come tomorrow. Asheh plenti dollar dey for the house. Na wah ooo, rich people wicked oo!” said one of the neighbours.

9. South African rand hits 16-month high against U.S. dollar

South Africa’s rand touched a 16-month high against the dollar early on Wednesday on improved risk appetite with investors eyeing a new batch of domestic and U.S. economic data for fresh catalysts.

The media reported that the rand continued to benefit from the results of the local municipal elections which saw the ANC weakened substantially, losing several major metros.

10. NSCDC to recruit 3,500 personnel

The Commandant General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana, said the agency plans to recruit additional 3,500 personnel in 2017.

Mr. Gana, who made this known on Wednesday while presenting NSCDC’s 2017 budget of N61.4 billion before the House of Representatives Committee on Interior in Abuja, said this is to enable the corps meet the demands from some MDA’s.